Disaster Mapping Projects

When major disaster strikes anywhere in the world, HOT rallies a huge network of volunteers to create, online, the maps that enable responders to reach those in need.

Ongoing Projects

Completed Projects

  • Sri Lanka has been hit in the past few days by flooding: https://www.bing.com/search?q=sri+lanka+flooding
  • HOT is supporting the Ecuador Earthquake response. The strongest earthquake to hit Ecuador in decades flattened buildings and buckled highways along its Pacific coast, sending the Andean nation into a state of emergency.

  • HOT has activated to support the response to the 2015 Eastern Afghanistan Earthquake, which hit remote areas of Afghanistan and Pakistan on Monday the 26th October.

  • The Humanitarian OpenSteetMap Team (HOT) has activated to provide geographic base data in areas affected by Hurricane Patricia in Mexico.

  • The 2015 Nepal earthquake struck on 25th April with a magnitude of 7.8, followed by many aftershocks including a large magnitude 7.3 quake on 12 May.

  • The Ebola Outbreak that struck Guinea in march 2014 later spread to Liberia, Sierra Leone and Nigeria causing at the beginning of august 1711 infections and 932 deaths.

  • We activated to provide geographic base data in areas affected by typhoon Yolanda/Haiyan in the Philippines, coordinating on the Typhoon_Haiyan wiki

  • Since December 2012 and the country being invaded by the Seleka Rebellion, Central African Republic has been suffering dark times and has become a Level 3 (=max) Crisis for the United Nations.

  • HOT has been working remotely to gather information for Somalia and the rest of the Horn of Africa. This is in response to the severe drought and famine crisis the is ongoing in the area. This response has included importing compatible data sources, negotiating for access to imagery and tracing of already available satellite information.

  • HOT has been working remotely since December 2010 to provide geographic information following the Presidential Election cr

  • Just a few hours after the 7.0 magnitude earthquake hit Haiti in January 2010 the OpenStreetMap Community began tracing.... What did they begin tracing? Roads in the beginning all from imagery that was previously available from Yahoo. This initial tracing enhanced the base data that was already present. The initial data was from responses to 2008 cyclones Ike Hanna and Gustav that was imported in OSM in Jan 2009. This data served as a starting place for the mapping that would take place after the earthquake.